Retail censorship: Costco removing D’Souza’s ‘America’ from shelves

Worse crimes than burning books
Worse crimes than burning books (Photo credit: ecastro)

Censorship finds a strange bedfellow:  Wholesale giant Costco. Censorship is merely a coward’s way of stemming honest debate.

The wholesale giant Costco has issued an order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” from the shelves of its stores nationwide, WND has confirmed. The book, in this midterm election year, is a strong rebuttal of the progressive ideology behind President Obama’s policies, which have been supported by Costco co-founder and director Jim Sinegal, a major Democrat donor and a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that nominated the president.

via Costco removing D’Souza’s ‘America’ from shelves. Corsi, Jerome R., 7 July 2014, WND, http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/costco-removing-dsouzas-america-from-shelves/

A company can sell, or not sell, whatever they want but this is ridiculous. It is hard for me to imagine such a petty vindictiveness about a book and movie that a store would pull a book that expresses a view with which it/they disagree. Censorship, plain and simple and censorship is to be abhorred wherever it is found. This is more of the smash-mouth politics of Progressives as I wrote about recently on Facebook when I wrote

This is an extremely well-written piece that deconstructs how the “left” has conflated these two terms. The Cliff’s Notes version: “progressive” = mean-spirited. Here is a nice distinction whereby I can appreciate the friends on the Left with whom I can have honest conversation from the wackos who just want to scream and actually do harm to anyone to the right of them politically.

This was in reference to an article in the Wall Street Journal which stated in part

It is that core philosophy extolling the urge to mold society that still animates progressives today—a mind-set that produces the shutdown of debate and growing intolerance that we are witnessing in today’s America. Such thinking on the left also is behind the rationales for indulging President Obama in his anti-Constitutional use of executive power. If you want substantiation for what I’m saying, read Jonah Goldberg’s 2008 book “Liberal Fascism,” an erudite and closely argued exposition of American progressivism and its subsequent effects on liberalism. The title is all too accurate.

via Charles Murray: The Trouble Isn’t Liberals. It’s Progressives. – WSJ. (Subtitle: Not everyone on the left wants to quash dissent or indulge President Obama’s abuses of executive power.) Murray, Charles. The Wall Street Journal online. 30 June 2014. http://online.wsj.com/articles/charles-murray-the-trouble-isnt-liberals-its-progressives-1404170419

The Costco action is merely another example of a (futile) attempt to shut down the debate. Burn the books so that others don’t learn of anything you don’t want them to know. You would think that even the most die-hard Progressive would be tolerant enough of an opposing view to make a profit selling the book! I guess not.

Postscript. There is more to read on this saga:

ORIGINAL STORY: Costco removing D’Souza’s ‘America’ from shelves

UPDATE: Costco denies political motive for pulling D’Souza book

FURTHER UPDATE: Costco surrenders to ‘America’ consumers

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